(Closed) Baby name question… Catherine? Cate or Kate??!

posted 5 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Which spelling?
    Cate : (54 votes)
    45 %
    Kate : (66 votes)
    55 %
  • Post # 16
    11520 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

    redpeonies:  if you name her Catherine she’s going to be telling people how to spell it regardless.  It’s one of those names with too many spellings.

    Katherine, Catherine, Katharine, Catharine, Kathryn just to name a few

    Post # 17
    69 posts
    Worker bee

    As a Kate with a K im kinda bias haha, but my mom wanted to name me after Katharine Hepburn but spelt Katherine with an ‘e’ instead of a ‘a’,  think spelling it with an ‘a’ is kinda different 🙂


    Post # 19
    412 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2015


    redpeonies:  well….I’ve always seen it spelled with a K.  And it’s Kathy….at least in my area and my generation. .I’m an old lady.


    But I absolutely HATE blatantly obvious “creative” names like Kristopher….Catheryn…..but hey, that’s just my opinion

    • This reply was modified 4 years, 6 months ago by Profile Photo melissa809.
    Post # 21
    7778 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    My best friend is Catherine- never Cathy or Cat or any nn. I think it’s beautiful the way it is without a nickname.

    Post # 22
    193 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2015

    I’m a Catherine, and I prefer to be called Cat. I hate Cathy though! At work I use Catherine because it adds a bit of formality 🙂 I had a lot of friends with my name spelt with a K or variations and they went by Kat Kate or also Kathy.

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    Post # 23
    3378 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I agree with MsGinkgo, if you name a girl Catherine she will have to specify the spelling anyways because there are so many varients.  If you want to call her Cate/Kate, I’d go with the spelling that coordinates with her given name – I just think it’s less confusing.  So if she’s Catherine, she’d go by Cate.  There are enough example of Cates out there that it’s not weird at all.  I think it would be more confusing to have her go by Kate when her given name is Catherine. (fwiw, my middle name is Catherine, and I used to go by Catie as a teenager).

    Post # 24
    9213 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    I like Cate or Cat if her name’s Catherine. Anything starting with a K would seem off to me if her full name doesn’t start with a K.

    Post # 25
    4505 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I’ve asked myself this same question, because I also love the name Catherine (NOT a “unique” spelling at all, as you say–it’s totally classic) and would want to use Cate/Kate as a nickname. 

    Cate makes more sense as a shortening of Catherine, but Kate is more common (although Cate is certainly common enough–I’ve known/heard of plenty of Cates).

    I think I would go with Cate, just to be consistent with the C. But you can’t really go wrong.

    Post # 26
    134 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    melissa809:  Not necessarily! My sister is Caitlin and we all call her Cait or Caity!  And in this instance I’d go with Cate, as her name starts with a C it just makes more sense.

    Post # 27
    4192 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

    I prefer Catherine without a nick name- I don’t think it’s too long for a child. (I prefer longer classic names such as this for a girl.) If you do nn- Cate, not Kate.

    Post # 28
    178 posts
    Blushing bee

    I just recently had this exact conversation with my SO! He thinks Catherine with a ‘C’ is more classic, but seeing ‘Cate’ just doesn’t sit right with me. We ended up agreeing its perfectly fine to name her (future, non-existant girl-child) Catherine and call her Kate. His theory “If we can call Williams ‘Billy’ then why not?” and I agreed that if it’s good enough for the future queen of England it’s good enough for my kid lol

    Post # 29
    3169 posts
    Sugar bee

    I consider Catherine the more classic spelling and prefer the look and therefore I’d shorten to Cate because I dont think I could do the Catherine / Kate thing. 

    Post # 30
    12119 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

    I prefer Kate.  I really wouldn’t have trouble at all with using Kate with a K if the full name is Catherine with a C. Plenty of nicknames don’t begin with the same letter.  

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